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King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club celebrates 12th birthday in September with Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast film and Ealing Studios event at St George’s Guildhall & Ferry Lane Social Club

King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club shall be especially happy to be celebrating its 12th birthday in September after two particularly difficult years during the pandemic.

Like many local clubs and societies, it managed to keep in touch with its members by providing online events such as screenings and illustrated lectures during lockdowns, but after a successful summer season with all films back ’live’ it is once again looking forward to a sociable future.

“It has been wonderful to get our films back on the big screen in the historic Guildhall,” explained club chairman Ian Barton. “But it has also been important to have all our social events back too. As well as our eight film screenings we have once again during the last season been able to offer our members a day trip out, a pre film meal and a hog roast, post film drinks in Ferry Lane Social Club as well as our illustrated 'Close Up' talks.

Caitriona Balfe (left) stars as "Ma" and Jude Hill (right) stars as "Buddy" in director Kenneth Branagh's BELFAST, a Focus Features release. Credit : Rob Youngson / Focus Features.
Caitriona Balfe (left) stars as "Ma" and Jude Hill (right) stars as "Buddy" in director Kenneth Branagh's BELFAST, a Focus Features release. Credit : Rob Youngson / Focus Features.

"As a ‘community club’ it has always been very important to us to do more than just screen films for our members, so last season we also showed the film ‘Limbo’ as a fund-raising event during Refugee Week and ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ as part of King’s Lynn’s Pride event.

"We are hugely grateful to our members who have continued to support us though all the lockdowns and, because of this, are pleased that we are able to continue to keep our membership fee at just £17 for a six-month season."

This month’s screening on Thursday, September 8 is Kenneth Branagh’s award winning semi-autobiographical film ‘Belfast’ starring Judi Dench. It is a wonderfully poignant view of life in Belfast during the sectarian troubles in the 1970s from the perspective of nine-year-old Buddy. All KLCCC members will be invited to celebrate the club’s birthday before the film with cake and a glass of fizz!

A fortnight later on Thursday, September 22 there will also be a ‘Close Up’ event at Ferry Lane Social Club starting at 7.30pm about the non-comedy films produced by Ealing Studios.

These are informal, entertaining film related talks by local experts and illustrated by lots of film clips. There is also, of course, the opportunity to enjoy a drink from the bar whilst you listen.

All films are screened at St George’s Guildhall, King Street starting at 7.30pm and are free to KLCCC members.

All over-18s can come along to any film as a day member for £5 cash on the door or details of how to become a member can be found on the club website, Facebook page or by emailing communitycinemaclub@googlemail.com and new members are always very welcome.

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